Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I just cannot delete this blog yet

It's Valeree. I'm not able to bring myself to delete this blog right now. I anticipate letting it go in the Spring. For right now, it is comforting to pull it up and see photos of Martha Anne and read about things that interested her.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Honoring our supporters

The evening before commencement each year President Dow bestows a number of awards to people and organizations helping OIT reach its potential. Among these is the Greatest Service Award. As President Dow was undergoing treatment, she was unable to attend the event. However, she videotaped segments to honor award recipients.

Here are the awards that were presented and some photographs from the evening:

An Outstanding Government Partner Award was presented to the Crater Lake National Park Staff, specifically Chuck Lundy, Mac Brock and Marsha McCabe.

President Dow was chair of the Crater Lake Trust for two years. Her background in microbiology and love of the great outdoors brought synergy to her involvement with the Trust. A dream she long harbored in her heart was to provide educational opportunities for students, across the continuum, at the National Park.

This dream came to fruition last summer, when the Science and Learning Center was opened in the former Superintendent’s Cottage at the Park. OIT and Southern Oregon University each have a faculty member working at the Center to provide educational pursuits for students ranging from kindergartners to post-graduate studies.

Chuck, Mac and Marsha worked tirelessly to make this possible. Their love and dedication to the Park and willingness to embrace the possibility of partnership will serve to introduce thousands of new minds and hearts to the wonder of Crater Lake.

Chuck Lundy and Mac Brock of Crater Lake National Park receive their award from Provost and Acting President Dave Woodall.

OIT’s Outstanding Community Partner honor was bestowed upon John Dey.

John is co-chair, along with Nancy Wendt, for the capital campaign raising funds for the Oregon Center for Health Professions. For those of you not acquainted with this effort, the Center is the building being constructed south and west of here. It is the first new building to be constructed on campus in 20 years and will allow OIT to expand its allied health professions enrollment.

John has personally walked the legislative halls telling the story about the importance of this effort. His commitment and dedication to OIT is remarkable. John has been engaged in promoting economic development for the Klamath area for many years. He understands the role OIT plays in building a stable future for this community and the state.

John has also become personally acquainted with the students here. He and his wife, Nancy, have mentored OIT students. The students receive great benefit from these interactions, but this has also served to enhance John’s dedication to the university. John Dey and his family’s business – Harvest Ford – are longtime supporters and partners of OIT.

John Dey with Provost and Acting President Dave Woodall.

OIT’s Greatest Service Award is among the most prestigious honors bestowed by the university. Dick and Nancy Wendt have been tireless supporters of OIT; President Dow has said that the Wendts have provided her loyal friendship and valuable insight throughout her career here.

Established 60 years ago, this award is presented by the university to individuals or organizations that have made unique contributions of time, energy and personal resources towards the advancement of Oregon Institute of Technology.

Throughout the Wendts’ 50-year history in the Klamath area, they have invested of themselves into their local university. Dick currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council, and Nancy is a member of the Oregon Tech Foundation Board of Directors.

They have recently championed the construction of the Oregon Center for Health Professions. The philanthropic arm of their family business, The JELD-WEN Foundation, contributed a $3 million lead gift to the Center’s Prescription for Oregon fundraising campaign. The Wendts also personally contributed $3 million toward a matching fund to encourage gifts from other donors. Nancy serves as co-chair of the campaign, along with John Dey.

The Wendts are known for their quiet philanthropy, having supported numerous improvements and charities throughout the Klamath Basin and the nation. They are generous with their wealth and vision and are always prepared to put personal time and effort into the causes they support.
They established the Wendt Presidential Scholarship to help OIT students obtain financial assistance in pursuing education and have closely mentored students completing studies here.

OIT is proud to consider Dick and Nancy Wendt two of its greatest supporters. They set an example of gracious beneficence and hard work for the entire university community.

Provost and Acting President Dave Woodall with Dick and Nancy Wendt.

-- Valeree Lane in service to Martha Anne Dow

Link fixed

The link for Dr. Julianne Murray's respect study is fixed below. Just in case you're curious, the url is www.oit.edu/oit123/respect.

Thanks for your patience.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Interesting study

Dr. Julianne Murray recently completed a survey studying student perceptions of faculty respect. If you would like to review her results, click here.

President Dow would say that Dr. Murray has done yeoman's work on this project.

--Valeree Lane in service to Martha Anne Dow

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Photo time

I thought I'd share some of my favorite photos of President Dow. It's been a while since most people of seen her. So enjoy these...

This was taken at the Baldwin Hotel Museum Centennial Dinner last summer. President Dow is wearing her grandmother's ecru dress. She found the matching hat at Gottschalks.

She thinks she looks like a bumblebee in her regalia. This image was taken at the 2006 Portland Commencement at University Place.

Here she poses with Miss Klamath County and Miss City of Sunshine at the 2006 groundbreaking for the Oregon Center for Health Professions.

She and Gretchen Schuette, former president of Chemeketa Community College, exchange laughs and gear before signing a memorandum of understanding between the university and college.

--Valeree Lane in service to Martha Anne Dow

Catching up

It's been quite a while since I've posted anything. President Dow continues treatment and recovery for her breast cancer. She is anxious to get back to campus, but the earliest we will see her here is for the opening of the Oregon Center for Health Professions.

Anyone who would like to send her a message may address it to the President's Office, 3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Several of us have opportunity to see her from time to time and always take a stack of mail with us for her.

It's been a busy summer. The first wing of the Center is complete. Funding for the second wing is under way.

Tim Brower and several other amazing faculty members hosted high school teachers on campus for the Summer Institute of Project Lead the Way. The teachers come to learn how to integrate engineering into their classrooms. It's a life-changing two weeks for the educators.

Athletics summer camps have been going on almost since commencement. Danny Miles said the basketball camps had concluded, and I read that the volleyball camps were in session last week.

Good work is also going on with our Science and Learning Center at Crater Lake. I'll give you a one-year update soon. I'll try to be more timely.

Keep up the good work.

--Valeree Lane in service to Martha Anne Dow

Thursday, April 26, 2007

President Dow update

Hi, it's Valeree Lane posting for President Dow. I thought her message to campus should be posted here. We'll keep everyone updated on her condition, as we have new information. I'll update some other topics in the next couple of weeks, too. Thanks for your patience and interest.

President Dow's message to campus, dated Tuesday, April 24, 2007:

Hello, everyone. I want to thank you all for the support, care and affection you’ve expressed for me and my family over the last several weeks. It has been difficult to be away from OIT and the outstanding work you are doing.

I’ve experienced every medical imaging modality through this process, but there have been marvels of engineering, communication, management and applied sciences along the way, too.

You’ve asked for weekly updates on my condition. We are doing our best to provide information to you. I’m asking you to understand that each day has its own challenges and successes. Just spending time with my family is a great blessing. While I know you all care, you must respect my need to have some private time for recovery.

I’m not prepared to give you a length of time associated with my recovery and return to work. I know this contradicts the driven nature of my character. This new life development was unexpected, unwelcome and caught me completely unprepared. I am enjoying the pleasure of being with my husband, children and grandchildren.

Please continue to pray for me, my family and the success of OIT. You are not far from my thoughts, and I know I am in yours.


Martha Anne Dow, President

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Join OIT in Salem

OIT will be at the Capitol Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007. This will be an opportunity for legislators to learn more about our dynamic programs and outstanding graduates. We will have displays in the Galleria and are planning a public reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

OIT's Legislative priorities this session are the Oregon Center for Health Professions, a healthcare policy package, the Oregon Renewable Energy Center and maintaining the Higher Education budget as presented by Governor Kulongoski. You may view the Governor’s budget here. The Oregon University System Fact Sheet on the budget is available here.

Our focus will be two initiatives that will help shape Oregon’s future: the Oregon Center for Health Professions and the Oregon Renewable Energy Center. OIT is preparing to help close the gap between the industry need for more allied health professionals through the Center for Health Professions, while renewable energy will ensure Oregon’s sustainability.

The public is encouraged to stop by the Galleria and meet some of the wonderful people engaged in study, teaching and service through OIT. If you have friends or relatives in the Salem area, encourage them to stop by.

If you would like to attend the event, ASOIT is sponsoring a bus for students to travel that day. Call ASOIT at 885.1847.

Revering the Reverend

I heard a student jokingly say that the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday is wasted because it comes so early in the term. Since the holiday was last week, I just wanted to mention how important Dr. King’s work was and how he continues to be a contemporary role model.

The Klamath Falls community holds an annual celebration that is powerful and moving. I’ve attend several time, and the Congressional Church is always filled to standing room only.

Millie Craddock, a former member of the OIT who retired a few years ago, told a local news station this week that Dr. King’s legacy is not about color, race or social standing. He was dedicated to bringing people together to better themselves and the nation.

I’d like to share a few of my favorite quotes from Dr. King:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Students market memorable weekend

Most students missed the Alumni Basketball Weekend on January 5 and 6. It was an exciting event that showcased the marketing talent of two students. Danny Mills and Adam Marland orchestrated a banquet and a basketball game between well-known alumni players. They deserve kudos for their great work, and I expect that they will receive an “A” for their senior project effort on the weekend.

It served as a point of recognition for Danny Miles, too. His 800th career win came in early December, but the tribute was more meaningful in the presence of his former players. All of Coach Miles’ wins have come at OIT, and that is remarkable in a society that finds professionals moving between employers many times during their careers.

I’ve placed some photos below for you all to see some of the action from that weekend.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

It’s a political life

The legislative season starts in the New Year, and I thought students might be interested in how activities in Salem relate to their lives. Governor Kulongoski released his proposed budget this month and state legislators will either approve or amend what was submitted.

A quick overview of the implications of this budget for higher education finds the Governor requesting more money for public higher education than in recent biennia. The state government works on a two-year cycle called a biennium, and the proposed budget finds higher education in a better funding position than its been since 1999. That’s great news, but it isn’t a done deal.

Part of the Governor’s plan, as I’ve mentioned before is to provide more Oregon Opportunity Grants for students. This helps offset tuition costs. One of the most important factors in the legislative work yet to be done is to ensure that state support is available, through tax dollars, to prevent the escalation of tuition costs.

I never thought, as a scientist, that I would be involved in political work – but the reality is life is political. Students need to become involved and let their legislators know what they think about the higher education budget and other issues. Part of the university experience is the opportunity to become a more active citizen.

OIT will hold a rally day in Salem on Thursday, Feb. 8. I encourage students to contact ASOIT, or the Public Affairs office, to see how to participate. We want to show our legislators how proud we are of OIT, and what we can do together to delivery quality education at OIT.

If you would like more information about the education budget, see the Governor’s Web page and the Oregon University System Web page.

Happy New Year.

Responding to anonymous

I am hoping that the blog environment we want to create encourages open dialogue. Of course, anonymous posting is still appropriate. There is concern that several of the communications are not on the discussion topic; yet knowing your thoughts and concerns are important enough to ask that you send them through the "Contact Us" site on the Web. Previously, we have had an "OIT is Listening" site which was superseded by "Contact Us."